Appointing a sporting director is supposed to be easy in comparison to buying a player. The money involved is smaller, there are no agents muscling in on the deal, and you don’t have to worry about upsetting the harmony in the dressing room.
But Chelsea are making it look hard.
Over the weekend there were increasingly positive reports about Christoph Freund, the RB Salzburg sporting director coming to Chelsea.
Top sources like Fabrizio Romano claimed that the Austrian had a deal with the club, and all that had to be ironed out was the compensation with Salzburg.
It’s all ended up rather more difficult than anticipated.
Now Matt Law is reporting that Freund is having “second thoughts” about the move after hearing that Salzburg were reluctant to let him go.
That puts Chelsea back to square one, and must be frustrating for Todd Boehly, as well as a little embarrassing.